This past weekend my favourite little workhorse computer "neodymium" died. I bought him used a couple of years ago for $75; he was only a P166 with 32M of RAM and a 2GB HD but he was great with small Linux installs like Vector Linux. He was the first notebook I ever owned, and the one responsible for putting me firmly in the Notebooks From Now On camp.
I guess it's more accurate to say that neo went blind-he's still there, but the LCD is kaput. At least he went fast; flickering slightly Saturday morning, gone entirely that afternoon.
It's amazing to me how fond I was of the little guy. He was slow, he had a tiny screen, but he was mine. Anyway, he's not getting thrown in a landfill-he's got more than enough juice in him to find a new life as a router or firewall. Let's all raise a pint to our fallen friends, and share some memories.